Maximum residue limits (MRLs) is one of the major issues with the potential to affect successful Canadian grain exports. The key issue is that not all countries currently approve crop protection products at the same time – this means that Canadian grain containing traces of products that do not yet have a maximum residue limit in…
Major Market Initiatives
AWC has committed to fostering improvements to our rail transportation system through a $75,000 investment in the Ag Transport Coalition. Formed by producer and industry groups, this Growing Forward 2 initiative is mandated to monitor and review opportunities to improve the agriculture supply chain.
AWC is part of a technical working committee led by Cereals Canada, alongside other farm groups, crop development companies and grain marketing and export companies. The technical working committee was formed to review market-influencing factors in the agriculture industry.
In 2015, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) recommended that a new class of milling wheat be implemented to house varieties with lower gluten strength in an effort to tighten the quality parameters included in the CWRS and CPSR classes. Farm and industry groups including AWC were invited to make submissions to the CGC.
The industry shift to an open market for wheat sales in 2012 created a need for farmers to have better access to price information and crop data to make informed marketing decisions. Farmers would need to market their wheat as they had in the past with open market commodities.
In June of 2014, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, launched a statutory Review of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA). The scope of the CTA review includes provisions of the Act relevant to the transportation of grain by rail, providing an opportunity to develop meaningful change to commodity transportation in Canada.